Nanaimo Parkway closed several hours for crash cleanup

NANAIMO – Northbound Nanaimo Parkway blocked several hours after semi tractor trailer rig flips.

A flipped semi tractor trailer rig blocked Northbound access to the Nanaimo Parkway for several hours Sunday.

No one was hurt when the 1995 GMC tractor, pulling a trailer load of shipping pallets, rolled on its side on the Nanaimo Parkway overpass at the Cedar Road interchange, spilling the pallets across the roadway shortly after 10:30 a.m.

According to police witnesses saw the vehicle “wobbling” as it was rounding the curve on the overpass before it rolled on its side.

“Witness said the truck pulled out from Morden Road and when it did the whole load shifted,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Mechanical issues are still being investigated, but a medical condition suffered by the 58-year-old male driver from Nanaimo might also have been a factor leading to the crash.

“It looks like the driver may have been in medical distress,” O’Brien said.

The road was closed for several hours as emergency crews cleaned up the wreckage, load and fluids spilled from the vehicle.